2017 Highlights

2017 Highlights

2017 Highlights

Blog

By Donna O’Toole

 

As 2017 comes to a close and the anticipation of what 2018 will bring begins to grow, we take a look back over an exciting 12 months and celebrate an incredible year for our clients!

Wins at the National Business Awards, the International Business Awards (Stevies), UK Employee Experience Awards, Professional Sales Awards, Financial Experience Awards, Comms National Awards, UK Business Awards and the Payment Awards are just a selection of our highlights.

We couldn’t be prouder of our clients for all of their successes and we are so happy the teams, businesses and individuals involved have received the recognition they deserve for all of their hard work.

And who can forget some of the fantastic events we’ve been invited along to as well…

It was such a privilege to be invited by Simon Murie CEO of SwimTrek to attend the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation award at the i360 on Brighton seafront – we loved working with the team at SwimTrek and can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for them.

Simon Murie, SwimTrek, Donna O'Toole, Queen's Award for Enterprise, 2017

Our CEO Donna O’Toole joined our awards finalists and Mark Cushway, CEO of The Inspired Group and sponsor at the National Business Awards. It was certainly a prestigious awards final, with a powerful motivational speech from Sir Mo Farah, all topped off with another superb win for our clients.

Mo Farah isn’t the only Olympian we’ve had the honour of being in the same room as this year, Donna also had the pleasure of attending an inspirational speech from Dame Kelly Holmes at a charity event hosted by Close Brother’s Retail Finance.

Here at August HQ we’ve also seen some changes across the year…

We were so excited to be accepted into the Natwest Business Accelerator ‘Entrepreneurial Spark’ at the beginning of the year. This has become such a wonderful support network for us and an incredible resource for developing our new business tools and services.  

This year Team August has grown too. We welcomed outstanding and highly experienced new writers to our awards team; brought on board our new Operations Assistant Shannon to support both clients and the internal team alongside our seasoned Operations Manager Olivia; and were joined by Kerry who is doing a fabulous job of research and business development for August.

August, Awards, Donna O'Toole, The Shard, Shannon Amos

Donna meanwhile has been out and about teaching business leaders and entrepreneurs the secrets to winning the most prestigious awards in the world at many exciting business events.

On top of celebrating our brilliant clients’ achievements, welcoming our new team members and attending fantastic events, we’ve had huge success with our ‘How to Win Awards Masterclass’ – so successful that we’ve taken our unique formula and created an online learning academy that you can access from the comfort of your desks at any time!

The Awards Expert Academy will launch in January 2018, so keep an eye out for more information.

Awards Expert Academy, How to Win Awards Masterclass, August, Awards, Awards Experts

The New Year already looks like an exciting time!

We can’t wait to finally get our hands on Michael Tobin’s new book Live, Love, Work, Prosper which is all about work-life integration – something we could all do with a hand with in 2018! We’ll be judging many more awards and finding excellent winners; sharing our knowledge at inspirational events; and supporting our clients to put their best foot forward with an awards strategy that will help them to achieve their dreams in 2018.

For now though, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your support in 2017, and wish you a wonderful festive season. We will be taking a short break over the Christmas period, with offices closing from w/c 25th December to the 2nd January.

We’ll be back with a bang in 2018 to make your year award-winning!

With best wishes from Donna and all the team at August

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By Donna O’Toole

Is your organisation an international success story?

Are your outstanding people and teams behind your global expansion? 

Would you like to reach new international markets?

The prestigious European Business Awards promote success, innovation and ethics in the European business community and have been shining a light on the most innovative businesses on the continent since 2007. Past winners come from a diverse range of industries including pharmaceutical, engineering, fashion, cosmetic, online businesses, manufacturing and transport!

Take action TODAY. Find out more about the awards and when they open here.

Read on to find the best category for your business 

THE RSM ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD
The judges will make the Award to the individual(s) who demonstrates vision, a persevering approach to enterprise expansion that places them at the heart of the business by identifying opportunity, understanding objectives, formulating ideas and making decisions and acting as an inspiration to others to achieve greater business success.

THE ELITE AWARD FOR GROWTH STRATEGY OF THE YEAR
This Award will go to the organisation that best demonstrates an international organic growth strategy (i.e. excluding results solely from merger and acquisition activity) that has achieved outstanding levels of sales, profit and market share improvement by means which include international expansion, new products and services introduction, new market creation, the development or expansion of product and service ranges or forward or backward integration in their supply chain.

THE AWARD FOR INNOVATION
This Award will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate a recognition of the importance of innovation and a proven ability to create, nurture and develop product, service or business model innovations that substantially improve its commercial performance, operational effectiveness or prospects by bringing benefit to the organisation, its customers and other stakeholders. The application can be based on the development of a specific product or service or on the repositioning of the organisation and is not limited solely to innovations of a technological nature. (Open to private and public-sector organisations).

THE AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION
This Award will go to the organisation that has successfully developed and implemented a strategy based on identifying opportunities based on local demand, competition and supply chain support to build and remotely manage partially owned partnerships or wholly-owned subsidiary businesses outside its market of origin.

THE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY & ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AWARD
The judges will look for evidence of a clearly expressed and widely communicated strategy, mainly focussing on actions which demonstrate a responsibility to prevent the social and natural environments in which they operate from anthropogenic damage. The actions should seek to calculate risk and proactively drive improvement from a commercial, environmental, and social responsibility perspective which goes beyond the legislative requirements of their sector. (Open to private and public-sector organisations).

THE WORKPLACE & PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT AWARD
The Award will go to the organisation that in the view of the judges best demonstrates that its human resource is truly engaged with the aims of the organisation through an holistic values based strategy that seeks to sustain organisational performance improvement through investment in the recruitment, personal and skills development and motivation of every individual employee. (Open to private and public-sector organisations).

THE CUSTOMER & MARKET ENGAGEMENT AWARD
The judges will make this Award to the organisation that can best demonstrate that it delivers an innovative, upper quartile customer experience within its sector that engages all groups in its potential market, adds a powerful USP to its brand based upon an integrated omni-channel strategy, leading edge technology and processes, measurement led performance improvement and highly skilled employees within its own organisation and its supply chain. (Open to private and public sector organisations).

THE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AWARD
The judges will make this Award to the organisation that best demonstrates that it has substantially improved its operational performance in terms of workflow effectiveness, customer experience management, increased turnover and improved margins or cost control through an innovation in their use and application of digital technologies either developed in house or sourced from an external supplier. (Open to private and public-sector organisations).

THE NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
The judges will give this Award to the business established with less than 3 years trading at the time of entry that can demonstrate since its inception positive well planned leadership, an outstanding record of growth and profit performance beyond their initial projections, successful exploitation of the sector in which they operate to the satisfaction of their customers and the needs of all stakeholders and developed the foundations upon which growth and success can be sustained.

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THE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD WITH TURNOVER €150M+
The Award for each of the Business of the Year categories will go to the outstanding company that has best demonstrated exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovation strategies, and market leadership in its sector. Judges will be looking for evidence of clear leadership, inventiveness, ethical credentials, good stakeholder relationships with all groups and effective future planning balanced by the flexibility to deliver consistent results in challenging and dynamic market conditions.

If you want to be recognised as one of the best businesses in Europe, don’t delay.

Click HERE to register and submit your entry. It’s free to enter.

Alternatively CONTACT US TODAY and we can advise on the best category for you and craft your world-class entry.

 

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